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David Corn / Mother Jones:
SCOOP: Manchin Tells Associates He's Considering Leaving the Democratic Party and Has an Exit Plan  —  In recent days, Sen. Joe Manchin (D-W. Va.) has told associates that he is considering leaving the Democratic Party if President Joe Biden and Democrats on Capitol Hill do not agree to his demand …
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Politico:
‘We are sleepwalking’: Senate Dem operatives privately warn about rough road ahead  —  In a private presentation to allies this week, Senate Democrats' main super PAC offered ominous warnings about the political climate the party faces.  —  President Joe Biden's numbers across Senate battlegrounds …
Rasmussen Reports:
Is Biden Up To The Job? Most Voters Not Confident
Discussion: Breitbart and Power Line
Mike DeBonis / Washington Post:
All eyes on Manchin after Republicans again block voting rights legislation
Alfredo Ortiz / The Hill:
Americans simply don't want the costs of Biden's Build Back Better bill
Discussion: Third Way
Politico:
Democrats weigh slashing $200B in housing aid from spending bill
Discussion: The Hill, Daily Kos and Breitbart
US Food and Drug Administration:
Coronavirus (COVID-19) Update: FDA Takes Additional Actions on the Use of a Booster Dose for COVID-19 Vaccines  —  For Immediate Release:  —  Today, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration took action to expand the use of a booster dose for COVID-19 vaccines in eligible populations.
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Leana Wen / Washington Post:
Finally, an answer for Johnson & Johnson vaccine recipients. Here's what I chose.
Discussion: CNBC and Politico
Michael Powell / New York Times:
When M.I.T. Asked Dorian Abbot to Speak, It Invited Criticism  —  Dorian Abbot is a scientist who has opposed aspects of affirmative action.  He is now at the center of an argument over free speech and acceptable discourse.  —  CHICAGO — The Massachusetts Institute of Technology invited …
Vicky Prodeline / Monmouth University Polling …:
GOP Gains in Governor's Race  —  Enthusiasm gap and shift in voter priorities boost Youngkin  —  West Long Branch, NJ - With two weeks to go before Election Day, Democrat Terry McAuliffe and Republican Glenn Youngkin are locked in a close battle for governor of Virginia.
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Wall Street Journal:
Democrats Cut Programs' Durations to Lower Cost of Social Policy and Climate Plan
Felicia Sonmez / Washington Post:
Rep. Jim Jordan tells House panel he can't recall how many times he spoke with Trump on Jan. 6  —  Rep. Jim Jordan (R-Ohio) on Wednesday struggled to answer questions about his communications with then-President Donald Trump during the Jan. 6 attack on the Capitol, telling a House panel …
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HuffPost:
Jan. 6 Probe's Move Into Courtrooms Could Let Trump Run Out The Clock
Discussion: Raw Story and Crooks and Liars
Jordan Williams / The Hill:
Trump calls Liz Cheney a ‘smug fool’
NBC News:
Brian Laundrie's personal items found in Florida nature reserve, medical examiner called to scene  —  Personal belongings of Brian Laundrie — the fiancé of Gabby Petito who has been missing for over a month — have been found in a Florida nature preserve and a local medical examiner …
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CNN:
Suspected human remains, items belonging to Brian Laundrie found in Florida park, FBI says  —  (CNN)What appears to be human remains and items belonging to Brian Laundrie, including a backpack, have been found in a nature reserve in North Port, Florida, according to FBI Special Agent in Charge Michael McPherson.
Casey Newton / Platformer:
Why Facebook is rebranding  —  Fresh details from the search for a new name.  PLUS: Five former employees weigh in  —  Programming note: Platformer will be off on Thursday to work on some ... stuff.  See you Monday!  —  Facebook is changing its name.  Perhaps you heard.
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Emily Birnbaum / Politico:
The tech billionaire aiding the Facebook whistleblower
BuzzFeed News:
Leaked Oath Keepers Data Shows At Least 28 Elected Officials Have Ties To The Group  —  Over the past dozen years, at least 28 people who currently hold elected office joined or financially supported the Oath Keepers, the extremist group that figured prominently in the violent Jan. 6 storming …
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Isaac Arnsdorf / ProPublica:   Oath Keepers in the State House: How a Militia Movement Took Root in the Republican Mainstream
New York Times:
Trump Organization, Already Under Indictment, Faces New Criminal Inquiry  —  The investigation, by the Westchester County district attorney's office, increases the legal scrutiny of the former president and his family business.  —  Former President Donald J. Trump's family business …
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Ilya Marritz / NPR:   The Trump Organization faces a new criminal inquiry tied to a New York golf club
David Fahrenthold / Washington Post:   Trump faces new criminal investigation into New York golf club
Washington Post:
Biden abruptly accelerates his involvement in agenda talks  —  For weeks, President Biden has met repeatedly with Democratic lawmakers as part of the tortuous negotiations over his agenda — but to the frustration of many, he has revealed few opinions of his own on what should remain in the plan and what should be jettisoned.
Discussion: Politico, Washington Examiner and NPR
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Theodore Schleifer / Puck:
The $100 Million Plan to Completely Fix Washington  —  In 2017, a Wisconsin dairy scion wrote a Harvard Business School case study applying “industry competitive analysis” to party politics.  The result is a $100 million plan to transform election rules.  Reid Hoffman and one of the Bay …
Washington Post:
The accused spy knew stealth was crucial from his work on submarines.  He surfaced anyway.  —  For years, the aspiring spy had gone to remarkable lengths to protect his identity and evade detection.  —  With a cash-bought burner phone, he created an anonymous email account …
Discussion: Politico and USNI News
Ron Kampeas / Jewish Telegraphic Agency:
Environmental group quits democracy rally because ‘Zionist’ groups are present  —  WASHINGTON (JTA) — The Washington D.C. branch of a national climate action group turned down a role at a voting rights rally because a “number of Zionist organizations” will be taking part.
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Arno Rosenfeld / The Forward:
Environmental group boycotts voting rights rally over inclusion of Zionist groups
Discussion: National Review
Variety:
Netflix Employee Walkout Grows Tense as Trans Rights Protesters Clash With Dave Chappelle Supporters  —  Hundreds of Netflix employees and supporters gathered in the shadow of the streaming giant's Los Angeles headquarters on Wednesday to protest Dave Chappelle's standup special “The Closer.”
Dominick Reuter / Insider:
A worker in Florida applied to 60 entry-level jobs in September and got one interview  — Businesses across the US say they are struggling to find employees, especially for hourly work.  — Joey Holz decided to test their claims, submitting two applications a day in September.
Mark Hand / Burke, VA Patch:
Youngkin Supporter Punches Reporter At Campaign Rally In Burke  —  BURKE, VA — A supporter of Virginia gubernatorial candidate Glenn Youngkin struck a reporter outside a campaign rally in Burke Tuesday night, leading the journalist to report the incident to a Fairfax County police officer.
Discussion: RedState and Blue Virginia
 
 
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The Hill:
State laws are corrupting the study of history by forcing ‘opposing viewpoints’ in the classroom
Karen Townsend / HotAir:
Is Trump's influence waning in Texas? Election audit bill ignored during special session
Andrew Solender / Axios:
GOP congressman forfeits committee seats after indictment
Discussion: The Hill
Wall Street Journal:
Exxon Debates Abandoning Some of Its Biggest Oil and Gas Projects
Discussion: The Daily Caller
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How Chemical Companies Avoid Paying for Pollution
Ryan J. Reilly / HuffPost:
'I'm Invincible': FBI Arrests Capitol Rioter Who Was ‘Not Too Worried’ He'd Be Charged
Discussion: Raw Story
Brian Schwartz / CNBC:
Billionaire investor Nelson Peltz says he talks every week to Sen. Joe Manchin, who is pushing to cut Biden agenda
David Siders / Politico:
‘Down the rabbit hole’: Arizona GOP goes full fringe
Discussion: New York Magazine and Raw Story
Matt Bruenig / People's Policy Project:
Democratic Child Care Plan Will Spike Prices for the Middle Class by $13,000
Discussion: National Review and City Journal